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Month: October 2019

Climate communications and Journalism’ish: Crisis, Emergency, Deniers and the language of propaganda in The Guardian

Climate communications and Journalism’ish: Crisis, Emergency, Deniers and the language of propaganda in The Guardian

The Guardian announces that it requires their staff to use pejorative propaganda terminology rather than the facts of atmospheric CO2 levels rising, sea level ice and temperature changes, ice mass changes and so on. Anyone who does not 100% adopt The Guardian’s perspective is to be labeled a “denier” (name calling, transference from “Holocaust denier”, get on the bandwagon). The word “climate” should be associated with “crisis”, “emergency” or “heating” (transference, fear). Shrill terminology designed to inflame and create emotional outrage is a turn off and causes readers to tune out from the issues.

Journalism: Negativity spin on retail sales

Journalism: Negativity spin on retail sales

“US retail sales fall in a sign that consumer economy could be cracking”, says the report about September retail sales being down 0.3%. Monthly fluctuations in retail sales are common. In fact, retails sales are up 4.1% year over year and monthly fluctuations have successfully predicted zero of the recessions during the last five years. Just look at the chart. What is being done here is journalism’s modus operandi of turning all reports into negative news stories.

Journalism: ‘How We Came to Live in “Cursed” Times’

Journalism: ‘How We Came to Live in “Cursed” Times’

On the anxiety inducements of social media and smart phones: “We must be cursed, one would think, to spend so much of our day walking around with our eyes glued to a device that provokes bad feelings.” Ironically, the essay writer ends with two lengthy paragraphs of doom, gloom and negativity and wonders why everyone is gloomy?

Journalism: Every attribute in this story is reported as a negative even though most are positives

Journalism: Every attribute in this story is reported as a negative even though most are positives

We live among the best of times in world history yet even positive economic news, as in this article, are all translated into negatives. Journalism focuses on negativity, causing anxiety and a culture of outrage where everyone is upset all the time. The linked article is an amazing example showing how the news was deliberately spun into negatives; each item listed is then rewritten in the positive, dramatically improving the emotions of the reader.

Social media: Online review authors sued by businesses

Social media: Online review authors sued by businesses

With some businesses suing online review authors, even for completely factual reviews, should we even write online reviews? Further, many online reviews are “fake”, using paid authors and even competitors writing negative reviews on their competition.

Factfulness: Wildfire threats are not growing every year

Factfulness: Wildfire threats are not growing every year

The media continues to drum beat a meme that wildfires are growing every year but the data shows otherwise. Always remember to practice “factfulness”. What we think we know, especially that which we learn from the media and social media, is often incorrect.